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The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams in this lush and evocative debut set in th century New York perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s

  • Title: The Parting Glass
  • Author: Gina Marie Guadagnino
  • ISBN: 1501198416
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets, and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams, in this lush and evocative debut set in 19th century New York, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s Fingersmith and Emma Donoghue s Slammerkin.By day, Mary Ballard is lady s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society Mary loves C Devoted maid Mary Ballard s world is built on secrets, and it s about to be ripped apart at the seams, in this lush and evocative debut set in 19th century New York, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters s Fingersmith and Emma Donoghue s Slammerkin.By day, Mary Ballard is lady s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society Mary loves Charlotte with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant s devotion, but Charlotte would never trust Mary again if she knew the truth about her devoted servant s past Because Mary s fate is linked to that of her mistress, one of the most sought after debutantes in New York, Mary s future seems secure if she can keep her own secrets But on her nights off, Mary sheds her persona as prim and proper lady s maid to reveal her true self Irish exile Maire O Farren and finds release from her frustration in New York s gritty underworld in the arms of a prostitute and as drinking companion to a decidedly motley crew consisting of a barkeeper and members of a dangerous secret society.Meanwhile, Charlotte has a secret of her own she s having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that her lover is actually Mary s own brother When the truth of both women s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is left to face the consequences Forced to choose between loyalty to her brother and loyalty to Charlotte, between society s

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    1. Gina Marie Guadagnino

      Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel, THE PARTING GLASS, will be released from Atria Books in Spring 2019 Her previously published work includes three short stories Whisper in the Shadows, which appears in THE MORRIS JUMEL ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASY AND PARANORMAL FICTION In the Sky She Floats, which appears in MIXED UP COCKTAIL RECIPES AND FLASH FICTION FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER AND READER0 Gina Marie Guadagnino s debut novel, THE PARTING GLASS, will be released from Atria Books in Spring 2019 Her previously published work includes three short stories Whisper in the Shadows, which appears in THE MORRIS JUMEL ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASY AND PARANORMAL FICTION In the Sky She Floats, which appears in MIXED UP COCKTAIL RECIPES AND FLASH FICTION FOR THE DISCERNING DRINKER AND READER0 and From the Inbox of Madness, which appears in WELCOME TO MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY When not writing, Gina practices the dark art of university administration at New York University She resides on the island of Manhattan with her family, her library, and about 1.6 million of her closest friends

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    1. Despite surface appearances, The Parting Glass is no historical novel of corsets and bodices This is a novel of the whalebone beneath of the women of the house playing against men like chess pieces It is also a timely microscope on the cyclical struggle against racism that has imbued this country s entire bloody history, in this case focusing on Irish immigrants and the brutality and subjugation they incurred in the century before they became simply white But what raises this story to the Despit [...]


    2. I find historical fiction stories fascinating when they are well written and researched The Parting Glass was such a book This was a story of lovebetween an Irish brother and sister and a shared love of an English heiress But this was also a story where social class and racism were a part of everyday life where Nativists and the Know Nothing party spread hatred and incited violence against immigrants and Catholics It was not a time for a forbidden love to flourish, especially those harbor I find [...]


    3. Just finished reading THE PARTING GLASS Stunning writing paired with incredible research make for a lush, immersive read that s impossible to put down Think Edith Wharton by way of Emma Donoghue yup, it s that good More to come closer to publication Many thanks to the author and the publisher for the advance e galley.


    4. Wow So lush and immersive, so intelligently written I loved this Found myself thinking of the characters hours after I finished reading, as if they were friends I cared for and worried about Sharp, vivid, excellent


    5. Genre Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date March 5, 2019This novel, set in the 1830s, has all the makings of great storytelling You will read much about Tammany Hall the name given to the notoriously corrupt Democratic political machine that dominated New York City politics during the 19th century You will meet Maire O Farrell and her twin brother Seanin They are from Ireland and fresh off a boat that landed them in the poverty stricken area known as The Five Points You might Genre Hi [...]


    6. 3.5 stars.One very simple way to get me to read historical fiction is to make it gay Put a Fingersmith comp in there and I am putty in your hands THE PARTING GLASS is about a lady s maid who just happens to be desperately in love with her lady Mary dresses her lady, does her hair, washes her, and tends to her She also leaves her window open once a week so her lady s lover can sneak into her room Oh, and that lover just happens to be Mary s brother Mary real name Maire and her brother Sea [...]



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